Is it safe to move a binary from /sbin to /usr/sbin. When I installed ZFS for linux it placed the binaries in /sbin, but when I type zpool list it says the binary is it not in /usr/sbin. Is it okay to move them? Is there something else I can do?

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Sure, it's safe, as long as you don't have any programs that use the binary from /sbin (often they just search $PATH), but to be save, you'll want to symlink it:

mv /sbin/<your binary> /usr/sbin/
ln -s /usr/sbin/<your binary> /sbin/
  • Isn't /sbin supposed to be included in $PATH by default?
    – ianc1215
    Aug 25, 2011 at 3:17
  • It should be. I'm talking about programs that might hard code it in.
    – digitxp
    Aug 25, 2011 at 3:50
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    @Solignis: All sbin directories are supposed to be in $PATH, but only for root.
    – user1686
    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:20

It's safe, but you may confuse your package manager. Can can also just use a symlink from /usr/sbin to /sbin.

  • sounds like symlinks are the best way to do it. Works for me
    – ianc1215
    Aug 25, 2011 at 3:31

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